Cognitive, Socioemotional and Behavioral Returns to College Quality

47 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2017

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Utteeyo Dasgupta

Wagner College-Department of Economics

Subha Mani

Fordham University - Fordham College at Rose Hill

Smriti Sharma

Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Dayalbagh, Agra, India

Saurabh Singhal

United Nations - World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU/WIDER)

Abstract

We exploit the variation in the admissions cutoffs across colleges of a leading Indian university in a regression discontinuity framework to estimate the causal effects of enrolling in a selective college on: cognitive attainment, behavioral preferences, and Big Five personality. We find that enrolling in a selective college improves only females' exam scores. Further, marginally admitted females in selective colleges become less overconfident and less risk averse while males in selective colleges experience a decline in extraversion and conscientiousness. Higher attendance rates among females explain the gender differences in returns to better college and peer environment.

Keywords: cognitive attainment, behavior, personality, college quality, peer effects, India

JEL Classification: I23, C9, C14, J24, O15

Suggested Citation

Dasgupta, Utteeyo and Mani, Subha and Sharma, Smriti and Singhal, Saurabh, Cognitive, Socioemotional and Behavioral Returns to College Quality. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10701, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2956796

Utteeyo Dasgupta (Contact Author)

Wagner College-Department of Economics ( email )

Staten Island, NY 10301
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/utteeyodasgupta/

Subha Mani

Fordham University - Fordham College at Rose Hill ( email )

United States

Smriti Sharma

Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Dayalbagh, Agra, India ( email )

Department of Accountancy & Law
Faculty of Commerce
Agra, UT Uttar Pradesh 282110
India

Saurabh Singhal

United Nations - World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU/WIDER) ( email )

Katajanokanlaituri 6B
Helsinki, FIN-00160
Finland

HOME PAGE: http://www.wider.unu.edu/aboutus/people/resident-researchers/en_GB/Saurabh-Singhal/

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